ARC Review — Chambers of the Heart

  • Title: Chambers of the Heart: speculative stories
  • Author: B. Morris Allen
  • Genre: SFF short story collection
  • Pages: 246 pages
  • Publication date: April 16, 2022

Thank you, B. Morris Allen, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review!

Chambers of the Heart is a short story collection full of unique speculative stories that will take you on a new journey each time. Each story is so unique and different from the last.

My favorite ones out of them were “Blush,” “The Humblebract Expedition,” “Crying in the Salt House,” “Full of Stars,” “Fountainhead,” and “Dragons I Have Slain.” Each of these stories stood out in their own way, bringing together vivid characters and creative worldbuilding.

My favorite part was the sections after each short story where B. Morris wrote about the inspiration for that piece. I find it so interesting to see where writers get their ideas from, and it was fun to see the author’s comments on each one.

My main critique was that some stories didn’t seem as strongly written as others. A few had me more confused for a page or two. Though it all came together at the end, it’d take me a bit to get into those stories.

Overall, I really enjoyed this anthology. One of my favorites for sure. I’d definitely recommend it.

Score: 8.7/10
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.13/5

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